Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Mugs in Brooklyn. I was actually disappointed with this, not because it wasn’t very excellent, but because I didn’t get blown out of my shoes with an oral assault. Maybe I was misled.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at Mugg’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sweet and glorious beer--do not chug, you will die. Nutty--like roastedness of nuts. Perhaps what fermented grass would taste like. Hope like iodine. Poisonous but purifying. You shan’t be the same man again after this one.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown sugar, toffee and caramel in the aroma, clear, dark ruby, pours a small toffee head. Flavour is a fine malt, with caramel, treacle, lovely woodiness, some hops but they’re subtle. Full bodied, very well balanced, bitter and warming. Superb!
Thanks so much joey_capps!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Release. Hazy dark brown w/ a purple hue. Pale tan foam. Sweet aroma of caramel & toffee w/ orangey, citrusy hops & mild notes of vanilla & mint. Smooth, rounded, full-bodied feel. Complex flavour of caramel, toffee, cookie dough w/ a big, citrusy hop character & notes of leafy tobacco, vanilla, & oak. Warm, lingering, alcohol laden finish.
IndianaRed (3123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 Sampled an ’04 bottle after cellaring for nearly 2 yrs. I would say that over all the flavor has mellowed and smothed out better than I remember from a year and a half ago. Adjusting overall score up a bit.
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’03 Bottle Pours a dark murky redish brown with litle head very nice fine persistant lacing. Aromas are a strong malt and hps combo with some fruity apple and melon notes. Flavors are a very thick robust hefy dark malt. fairly sweet with plenty of bite to it. There is a rich woody flavor as well. Feel is very heavy and smooth. Aftertaste is I think quite strong. Harsh. Not to the dossapointment of Stone I’m sure. Interesting and bold. Will not be a regular in my fridge though.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice thick brew with a mostly malt flavor. Dry and crisp though. Slightly harsh. Decent but not complex enough of a flavor to be one of my fav’s.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bloody-brown body that is relatively clear. Head is medium-thick, toasted-brown bubbles. Smells of pine, melon,papaya, tangy citrus and sugar malt. Taste is broad and strong, and thankfully, not too sweet, as many Stone beers are. Lots of melon/pine hops riding on a nice roasted malt base. Lemon and alcohol warm the palate as well. Aftertaste is very bitter but just enough to make the inside of your cheeks sweat, certainly not overly arrogant. 10% alcohol is also subdued. I received this bottle from my great friend Jeremy (jgb9348) and it has a year of age on it, which is perhaps why everything was so mellow about this ’aggresive’ beer.
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ok I for one think that this beer is not good at all. It tastes like Molson Triple X which tases of cabage water. Anyway you really have to like strong ale’s to like this beer, so don’t go spend a dime unless your sure. Good aroma was its one saving quality.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Poured a dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Aroma of citrus and floral hop and sweet malt. Flavor starts sweet and malty and quickly turns to grapefruit and citurs hops and a big bitter hop finish. Big body thick, chewy, sticky, and viscous.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle 2004: Ruby brown color with a medium tan head. Medium bodied, syrupy, perfect carbontion. Aroma: grapefruit, floral notes, very hoppy, with some caramel and sweet malt. Taste: this could pretty much be a barleywine. Very hoppy, grapefruit, flowers, earth, grass, citrus, fruits, berries, but what makes this beer good is the solid malt behind those hops - sweet toasted grains, caramel, a hint of chocolate. Finishes sticky, bitter, syrupy, with notes of tea, hops and alcohol.